Early Start Institute

Early intervention professional development is more accessible and interactive than ever before.

The Early Start Institute offers interactive, facilitated learning both online and in-person to provide the foundational knowledge and basic skills early intervention personnel need to build their capacity to improve outcomes for children and families in Early Start.

The 2021-2022 training schedule and the Early Start Catalogue are available.

The Department of Developmental Services, the California Department of Education, and the California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network (CEITAN) at WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention are pleased to offer this Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for early intervention service coordinators, service providers, specialists, administrators, and other early intervention personnel.

Early Start Institute is organized by content in three strands of concentration—Foundations, Skill Base and Effective Practice. Many of our courses employ hybrid delivery models that combine online and in-person formats.

Early Start Neighborhood
The Early Start Neighborhood is an online community housing interactive groups, news. discussion forums, links to resources, and archives of training materials. Interactions in the Neighborhood support staff participation and integration of new knowledge into daily work through private, networked learning and practice cohorts. Go to earlystartneighborhood.ning.com to join Early Start colleagues in the Neighborhood.

Early Start Training Curricula
At the heart of all Early Start training is the comprehensive, evidence-based content that the field has come to expect from Early Start personnel development. The core curriculum and learning outcomes are aligned with the Early Start Personnel Manual competencies. Delivery of training is guided by the Training and Technical Assistance Collaborative Core Messages. All content is developed in collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services and partners from the California Department of Education as well as professional and parent leaders. Content is reviewed and approved by the Department of Developmental Services.

Project Co-Directors: Virginia Reynolds and Angela McGuire
Contact: Angela McGuire, Early Start Training Coordinator

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